Death of Sir Terry Prachett Aged 66 Just spotted the very sad news that the death of Sir Terry Prachett - one of my favourite authors - has occurred. As any of those who loved his work (most notably the fantastic Discworld series) well knows, he wrote terrific, sharp, hilarious and yet fiercely compassionate satire. (Along with coming up with some wonderfully strong female characters, too, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg ranking as two of my favourite female characters in all of fiction.) In recent years, he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's - a soul destroying and personality annihilating condition - but faced this challenge with his characteristic courage, dignity and an unusual degree of openness, enabling others to discuss the difficulties of having to deal with this condition more readily. Anyone who loved the Discworld series will remember how hilarious, witty, inventive and utterly memorable some of the characters and stories were. And yet Sir Terry always remarked that they were nothing on his days with the British nuclear industry, where he had worked for a while as a press officer…….. A sad day for fantasy, imagination, generosity and thoroughly enjoyable, highly imaginative and sidesplittingly hilarious (yet humane) satire; a very sad day too, for his family, friends, and fans. His last tweets are superb. And entirely in character, witty, wry, brave……and wonderfully original and warm. RIP Sir Terry; you'll be missed.